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Blair Project

The Blair Project moves up a gear with TeamSport partnership

The youth-led social enterprise has partnered with indoor karting company, TeamSport, to boost its ProtoEV STEM Challenge.

The Blair Project, which uses motorsport as a vehicle to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in STEM and the green technology revolution, has partnered with the UK’s leading indoor karting company to enable it to roll out the ProtoEV Challenge further across the UK.

Its flagship programme, the ProtoEV Challenge, gives young people the opportunity to take petrol racing karts, retrofit them into e-karts and then race them. The challenge gives participants hands-on experience with green technology, and helps them develop transferable, practical skills in eco-conscious engineering. The ProtoEV Challenge also works to tackle elitism in motorsport, giving disadvantaged 10 to 19-year-olds a route into the industry. 

This partnership with TeamSport Indoor Karting will allow The Blair Project to use the company’s indoor karting tracks to help with the training of students as well as giving them access to trial their karts. TeamSport has a number of multi-level circuits, which range in length from 400m to 1000m each with a unique combination of twists, turns and straights. 

Nile Henry, CEO and Founder of The Blair Project, said: “After having to delay this year’s ProtoEV Challenge due to Covid-19, we are really excited to come back bigger and better with this partnership with TeamSport. We’ll now be able to bring the challenge to even more young people across the UK, working to create more future leaders in green tech.

“Through the ProtoEV Challenge, we’re changing the world of motorsport for the better, championing sustainable technology, and giving young people, no matter their background, opportunities to engage with the sport. It’s companies like TeamSport that make this possible, so we’d like to thank the team who helped get this partnership off the ground.”

Dom Gaynor, CEO at TeamSport at TeamSport, said: “From our beginnings in 1992, we’ve always been driven to do things differently, and it’s this which made The Blair Project an ideal partner. From the technology they use to the opportunities they provide, it’s a scheme that is having a huge impact on the world of motorsport and beyond. We’re thrilled to be supporting the ProtoEV Challenge, and are looking forward to welcoming the first participants to our tracks.”